I love Queen Ann’s Lace, those yellow drops of sunshine other people call dandelions, purple-tipped clover, tiny violets, and all kinds of daisies.
And yet there is something about lilacs that take me back to a childhood summer that seems perfect in my memory.
My family lived in a small house beside a sharp curve. On our side of the wooden fence, its white paint weathered to a silvery gray, stood a tall lilac bush. I’d scoot beneath the branches and breathe in the lovely fragrance.
I think it was the first flower, other than those commonly known as weeds, that I knew by name.
How much I wish I could travel to Mackinac Island this month for their historic Lilac Festival.
This festival has been around since 1949. That’s almost seventy years!
Though lilacs grow throughout the U.S., the ones that grow on Mackinac Island are larger and last longer than just about anywhere else. Some of the island’s trees are more than 150 years old.
Other Lilac Festival events include:
- Lilac Festival Queen and Court
- Lilac Festival 10K
- Concerts and wine tastings
- Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show
There’s also A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event but it’s already sold out. Sad, huh?
The fun starts on June 9th and lasts until June 18th. I won’t be able to make it this year, but here’s hoping you do! Take pics!